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Doctors Kuisle, Hartley and Maxhimer are highly skilled in performing today’s cutting edge technologically advanced procedures. They offer these in a very caring, sensitive, informative and supportive environment. Our philosophy is that a superior plastic surgeon must evaluate and treat the entire patient from the foundation of form and function, to a realistic self-image and ego. All patients are encouraged to commit to a total self improvement regime that includes skin health, nutrition and overall wellness, to compliment and enhance the results of cosmetic surgical facial rejuvenation, body contouring or any enhancement that individuals undertake. Members of our staff are friendly, well trained, and caring. They support each patient through every step of the surgical procedure, adding a personal touch to Dr. Kuisle’s, Dr. Hartley’s and Dr Maxhimer’s practice.

Our Mission

To provide our patients with uncompromising quality of plastic surgical care in a personal, professional and caring environment to ensure optimum outcomes.

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About Dr. Kuisle

Dr. Kuisle

Dr. Kuisle has been practicing cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery in Boulder, Colorado since 1984. He received his B.A degree in 1969 from the University of Iowa, and he earned his M.D in 1973 from Northwestern University Medical School. From Chicago, he went to Dallas, Texas where he completed a five-year internship and residency in general surgery, followed by a two-year residency in cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery. He is currently an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the Colorado State Society or Plastic Surgeons, and the Colorado State and Boulder County Medical Societies.

Dr. Kuisle is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and enhances his knowledge of plastic surgery by participating in many extra hours of continuing medial education each year. His plastic surgery expertise is continually complemented by interacting with, and learning from some of the best minds in the plastic surgery community, both nationally and internationally.

Dr. Kuisle is very excited by the potential of regenerative medicine, such as fat grafting to restore facial volume lost in the aging process. Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) can enhance fat grafting survival by increasing healing, natural biological chemicals that attract and activate stem cells to further support the healing process.Today, Dr. Kuisle concentrates on his expertise and skill in the field of cosmetic plastic surgery and reconstruction of complex deformities, such as breast cancer reconstruction. He uses the newest facial rejuvenation techniques, including short scar and modified face lift, endoscopic techniques, and laser resurfacing. Various non-invasive laser and intense pulsed light technologies compliment the surgical procedures for skin rejuvenation.

Minimally invasive injectables such as Botox, Hyaluronic Acid, and Radiesse fillers can both delay and compliment more invasive surgical options. They can also be combined with regenerative medicine techniques to complement and enhance their results. Dr. Kuisle has often been described by his patients and colleagues as an “artist” with a needle and scalpel.

In over 40 years of surgical experience, Dr. Kuisle has developed a philosophy that strongly emphasizes the individual needs of each patient. He believes that total patient care is important to achieve the best outcome from any surgical procedure. He often asks his patients why they would trust their face or body to anyone other than a well trained, competent and board certified plastic surgeon.

Dr. Kuisle’s non-compromising attitude encourages his patients to accept only a superior level of medical care while enjoying a high degree of comfort with the style, personality, and expertise of the surgeon. Patients are always encouraged to choose a surgeon with whom they are most comfortable, and whose training, credentials, commitment, and judgement justify that choice.

About Dr. Hartley

Dr. Hartley

Dr. Winfield Hartley is a native of Atlanta Georgia. His earliest introduction to plastic surgery was through his uncle, Dr. John Hartley, former president of the Southeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons. When he was fifteen years old, he spent a summer in the operating room observing his Uncle’s procedures. He has been dedicated to the specialty ever since. Dr. Hartley attended the University of Virginia for his undergraduate degree in psychology, and obtained his medical degree from Emory University in Atlanta. He completed his general surgery training (1997-2000) and plastic surgery training (2000-2002) at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, one of the premier programs in the United States. Dr. Hartley went on to pursue additional fellowship training in Aesthetic Surgery in Melbourne Australia (2002) under Dr. Bryan Mendelson.

Dr. Mendelson is highly regarded worldwide, as a leader and pioneer in facial rejuvenation surgery. Dr. Hartley completed a second fellowship in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery (2003) in Nashville, TN, under Dr. Patrick Maxwell. During his time there, he co-authored the Breast Augmentation chapter for the definitive plastic surgery textbook.

Dr. Hartley

His interests are in both aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. He has a special focus on body contouring, liposuction, abdominoplasty and breast surgery (breast augmentation, reduction, and reconstruction). He employs several new face-lifting techniques designed to minimize scarring and shorten recovery.

Dr. Hartley is Board Certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He stays on the forefront of his specialty by attending conferences, seminars, and national meetings throughout each year. He has published articles in several major journals, and presented research at national meetings. “My wife Joy and I moved to Colorado in order to be part of a culture whose focus is on healthy outdoor living. I believe that people want to look as young as they feel. My philosophy centers on providing my patients with a more attractive and healthy appearance by enhancing their own natural attributes. In this way, patients feel better about themselves and the way they look. I find this true for both aesthetic and reconstructive patients.”

Dr. Hartley enhances his local experience in Boulder by spending one week each year on a medical mission trip to an underdeveloped country. There he has the opportunity to restore both form and function to children born with congenital anomalies such as cleft lips and palates.

About Dr. Maxhimer

Dr. Maxhimer

Justin B. Maxhimer, M.D. was born in Lake Tahoe and raised just outside of Seattle, but is now proud to call Boulder home. He attended Northwestern University where he received his B.A. in Biology and Biochemistry and went on to Rush Medical College in Chicago. He graduated from Rush with top honors from the Alpha Omega Alpha Society and also was one of a handful of medical students chosen each year for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholars program where he got the opportunity to receive world class research training at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. Dr. Maxhimer then completed a residency in General Surgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, the birthplace of modern surgical training, in addition to a 2-year research fellowship back at the National Institutes of Health. He then went on to complete his Plastic and Reconstructive residency at UCLA Medical Center where he learned both complex reconstructive surgery from some of the world’s leading experts and also cutting edge techniques and subtle nuances of Aesthetic Surgery from the best surgeons that Beverly Hills has to offer.


Dr. Maxhimer is certified by the American Board of Surgery and has published close to 30 peer-reviewed journal articles in such journals as Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Annals of Plastic Surgery as well as other top scientific publications.

He has authored several book chapters and holds a patent on the development of a therapy that helps protect normal tissues and cells from the damaging effects of radiation. He is a member on several surgical societies, has spoken at numerous national and international meetings and has been on surgical missions, most recently to Ghana, Africa.

Dr. Maxhimer has a commitment to patients and takes pride in his caring bedside manner, meticulous attention to detail, and ability to create a natural appearance.   He believes that your care should be customized to you and your body as well as your lifestyle, and gets to know all of those aspects before recommending any procedure. He strives for perfection for both his reconstructive and cosmetic patients.

An active CrossFit athlete, Dr. Maxhimer encourages patients to ask questions about their fitness and nutrition to optimize their surgical results. When not in surgery, he loves spending time with his wife, who is a nurse and someone who is a constant reminder of the caring and compassionate side of medicine and his young son who is almost a bigger Broncos fan than he is.


Philosophy of Plastic & Cosmetic Surgery:

Analyze Scientifically. Communicate with Empathy. Craft Artistically.

Plastic surgery is a profession and art of fine lines. . .

  • Fashioning fine lines in reconstructive design procedures.
  • Eliminating fine lines of facial flaws and the aging process.
  • Protecting fine lines of marketing the medical profession.
  • Managing the fine lines of meeting patient’s needs and desires.

We pride ourselves in our ability to manage the functions of each of these fine lines through choices associated with the profession and art of plastic surgery.

Whether you are considering an elective cosmetic procedure or reconstructive surgery, we practice and encourage a philosophy of choice for our patients. Choices include the physician, specific procedures, timing, location and much more. We believe strongly in your choice as a patient. It is your obligation to yourself to become informed and make wise choices.

Patients should carefully choose a surgeon whose training, credentials, expertise, commitment and judgment match his/her intuitive comfort level. Excellence in plastic surgery requires a well-trained, board-certified surgeon who can apply judgment, artistry, technique and anatomical evaluation to sound surgical principles. You should feel comfortable with the surgeon, the staff and office environment.

The comprehensive nature of our approach to cosmetic and reconstructive surgical procedures is evidenced throughout our practice. From initial consult to post-surgical follow-up, our goal is to help create a stronger self-image, resulting in better quality of life for each of our patients.

While perfection is always the ultimate goal – and our professional motivation – it is, by its nature, rarely obtainable. We do, however, work in unison with each patient to strive for their ultimate satisfaction. In doing so, we begin with a careful review of realistic expectations based on each individual’s anatomy, selected procedures, circumstances, desires and patient post-surgical follow-through. Every pre-surgical consultation includes an in-depth discussion of individual desires, personality and expectations, as well as anatomy, tolerance, healing and tissue characteristics. The anticipated outcome and limitations of the procedure under consideration, as well as the surgical techniques, are carefully reviewed. No two people are alike.

Creating change in an individual’s self-image is a huge responsibility for a surgeon – an obligation we take very seriously. With more than 20 years of experience in the profession of cosmetic surgery and over 30 combined years of general surgery and plastic surgery training and practice, a clear philosophy has evolved in order to climb closer to healing perfection. A mutually trusting, comfortable, respectful and communicative relationship must exist between physician and patient in order to execute the practice of cosmetic surgery and healing. Make the right choice for you.